In general, today’s culture values those who multitask more highly than those who do one thing at a time. Multitasking is considered an “executive function”; those who only attend to one thing can be derogatorily referred to as “worker bees.” The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and effectively in a timed situation is the Holy Grail of both academic and professional success. However, neuroscientific evidence and everyday observations of human behavior call into question the validity of multitasking and raise questions regarding the short- and long-term costs of trying to perform many tasks simultaneously. As experts in occupational performance, OTs need to know how to best advise clients and supervisees regarding task performance, as well as how to support their own professional performance.
The goal of this continuing education program is to help OTs dispel myths associated with multitasking and realize increased productivity, greater life balance and enhanced cross-generational team interactions. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the neurological processes related to the concept of multitasking
- Analyze and critique the conventional wisdom and myths related to multitasking
- Describe strategies to improve performance and productivity
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Activity demands
Process 3: Intervention
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).
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